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New Zealanders in Canada

3rd May 2012 by Andrew Needs, Ottawa | No Comments

Since starting my blog I have invited a number of colleagues to make contributions to highlight the range of work undertaken by the wider team at the High Commission in Ottawa and by colleagues who work with us on New Zealand issues, but are based elsewhere i.e Vancouver, Toronto and Washington.

I have invited Taryn Neil, one of my consular staff members to write a guest blog about New Zealanders in Canada.  Taryn has been employed at the High Commission for around 10 years, working first as our Registrar before taking on the position of Consular Officer.

Taryn writes:

With around 1 million Kiwis living outside NZ, it is no surprise that many end up visiting, living and working in Canada.

A new booklet arrived at the High Commission this week titled “Before you go … Stop”.  It’s a handy booklet containing essential information for New Zealanders travelling overseas. It’s compact enough to keep with a passport, or in a backpack. It contains a great deal of information for New Zealanders heading overseas including information on consular assistance, and useful customs tips for heading back into NZ. We will be sending copies of these booklets out to the NZ groups in Canada to share with their members.

Canada now has about 14 Kiwi Clubs and organisations in Canada (www.nzembassy.com/canada).  A number of these clubs are quite active organising events, including fundraising for the Christchurch earthquake appeal, ANZAC ceremonies and other social functions.

Young Kiwis continue to visit Canada under the reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme, finding employment across Canada to supplement the cost of their holidays.   Many Kiwis find work in locations such as Whistler for a ski season, often creating lifelong friendships and relationships with Canadians and strengthening connections between the two countries.

We have seen an increase in the range of New Zealand food and especially wine in restaurants and liquor stores across Canada.  There is even a Kiwi operating a shop in Montreal selling traditional style meat pies.  This particular development is most welcome for ex-pat Kiwis wanting a taste of home.

Kiwis love Canada!

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